Amazon’s ‘Anytime’ app may muscle in on messaging

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Amazon plans to launch a 'me too' mobile massaging app, apparently.
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Amazon is reportedly launching its own messaging app to rival Apple’s Messages, among others.

Called “Anytime,” the service will reportedly boast voice and video calls, and possible photo-sharing, with the obligatory filters for photos and video with “special effects and masks.” More interestingly, it will also focus on group activities, such as playing games, listening to music, and — here’s the big one — ordering food.

Whole Foods acquisition gives Amazon almost as many stores as Apple

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Whole Foods will soon become an Amazon subsidiary.
Whole Foods will soon become an Amazon subsidiary.
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Amazon is coughing up a whopping $13.7 billion in cash to acquire Whole Foods Market.

The two companies will merge but Whole Foods stores will continue to operate independently, with co-founder John Mackey retaining his role as CEO. The move instantly gives Amazon almost as many stores as Apple.

iPhone retailers in India can slash prices to boost sales

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Even older models are too expensive for most.
Even older models are too expensive for most.
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Apple is giving iPhone retailers in India permission to slash prices in a bid to boost sales.

Even the company’s older handsets are still too expensive for the vast majority of local consumers, and sales are suffering as a result. Apple has no choice but to cut prices if it wants to be successful in one of the world’s fastest-growing smartphone markets.